Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Now Offering Ground Floor Options

We’re thrilled to share some fantastic news with all our wonderful guests! Dan’s Florida Condos now offers ground floor Runaway Bay units! We understand that while our second-story units boast breathtaking views and less foot noise from above, some guests may have limitations or simply prefer the convenience of ground floor accommodations while on vacation.

That’s why we’re excited to introduce two brand new ground floor units to our selection! Available for booking starting April 2024 and beyond, these units offer all the comfort, convenience, and luxury you’ve come to expect from Dan’s Florida Condos, with the added benefit of easy ground-level access.

Now Offering Ground Floor Options
Now Offering Ground Floor Options

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, accessibility, or simply the ease of stepping directly outside to enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze, our new ground floor units are the perfect choice for your next getaway.  

Contact us today to reserve your spot in one of our new ground floor units and elevate your vacation experience to new heights (or rather, new lows)! 🏖️🌅

About Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida:

Anna Maria Island, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 minutes south of Tampa and 20 minutes from Sarasota.  The island offers over seven miles of beaches to explore with award winning beachside resturants and tiki bars. Dan’s Florida Condos are located in the Runaway Bay Community directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, with private beach access and boasts the largest heated salt water pool on the island! Pair that up with tennis, shuffleboard, pickle ball, and bocce ball courts along with a beautiful fishing pier, you will not have a shortage of activities to enjoy during your stay.  We offer 2br and 1br units equipped with everything from pots and pans to beach chairs and coolers to keep those drinks chilled!

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Who’s up for a free week getaway on Anna Maria Island? Get in on the action by entering the Anna Maria Island NCAA Bracket Challenge!

Dan’s Florida Condos (located on beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida) is thrilled to announce our highly anticipated NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge, and this year, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to join in on the excitement! What is at stake you ask? A one week stay on Anna Maria Island Florida at one of Dan’s Florida Condos vacation homes!


2024 Winner Announcement


You heard that right – and you don’t need to be a basketball aficionado to have a shot at winning the grand prize. In fact, some of our past winners didn’t know the difference between a layup and a three-pointer! So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or a complete novice when it comes to sports, this challenge is for you.

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Grand Prize: The winner of our bracket challenge will receive an incredible reward: one free week at one of Dan’s Florida Condos vacation homes, redeemable between April 13 2024 and December 21, 2024. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved getaway in the sunshine state!
  • How to Play: Making your picks is a breeze. You can base your selections on anything from your favorite school colors or mascots to simply copy a friend (or often husbands) bracket in as your own! No need to stress about strategy – just have fun with it and most importantly enter so you have a chance to win big!
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Stumped on your bracket picks? No problem! Feel free to borrow inspiration from a friend or family member’s bracket. After all, sharing is caring!
  • Submission Process: To submit your bracket, click here (or the basketball with shades on below) to sign up for an account with CBS Bracketology. You will then be presented with the option to “Join Now” for entry to the “Anna Maria Island NCAA Bracket Challenge”. Follow the instructions to submit your bracket. Brackets must be submitted before the first game tips off on Thursday, March 21st 12:15 EST.

Don’t miss your chance to join the madness and compete for the ultimate prize. Whether you’re a seasoned bracketologist or a complete rookie, there’s something for everyone in this thrilling challenge.

Anna Maria Island NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us and we’ll help ensure your bracket is submitted appropriately.

Let the games begin!

About Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida:

Anna Maria Island, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just 50 minutes south of Tampa and 20 minutes from Sarasota.  The island offers over seven miles of beaches to explore with award winning beachside resturants and tiki bars. Dan’s Florida Condos are located in the Runaway Bay Community directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, with private beach access and boasts the largest heated salt water pool on the island! Pair that up with tennis, shuffleboard, pickle ball, and bocce ball courts along with a beautiful fishing pier, you will not have a shortage of activities to enjoy during your stay.  We offer 2br and 1br units equipped with everything from pots and pans to beach chairs and coolers to keep those drinks chilled!

Contest Fine Print:

  • Weekly giveaway includes a Saturday to Saturday stay
  • Non Transferable unless explicitly approved by Dan’s Florida Condos, LLC
  • Airfare and Transportation not included
  • CBS Sports, Facebook, or Instagram are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Dan’s Florida Condos giveaway
  • The content of this post is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos, LLC

Manatee Viewing Center Creating Fun for All

Manatee Viewing Center Creating Fun for All

Many visitors of Anna Maria Island and guests of Dan’s Florida Condos, have a great time taking a little half day trip where they are almost guaranteed to get a close up glimpse of Florida’s Favorite Manatees! Located in Apollo Beach, Florida, the TECO Manatee Viewing Center serves as a protected marine sanctuary, providing visitors with a unique chance to observe manatees in close proximity. Guests can explore enchanting butterfly gardens, ascend an impressive observation tower, and traverse boardwalks and walking trails. The park operates seasonally, welcoming visitors from November to April.

The Manatee Viewing Center, operated by Tampa Electric, reopened on November 1 2023, introducing an exciting enhancement for the 2023-2024 season. A new observation platform extending 150 feet into the canal off the tidal walk promises visitors an even closer encounter with manatees. Jamie Woodlee, the center’s operations administrator, shared the news and highlighted the platform’s official opening on November 15.

Manatee Viewing Center Creating Fun for All

TECO took advantage of the off-season to revamp the gift shop and introduce two electric golf carts for convenient transportation between the overflow parking lot and the viewing center. Additionally, Canoe Outpost established a launch on the property in collaboration with a third party, requiring RSVPs at 813-634-2228.

The Manatee Viewing Center, a key attraction at the Florida Conservation and Technology Center, is a collaborative effort involving Tampa Electric, The Florida Aquarium, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the University of Florida. It comprises various facilities, including the Clean Energy Center, Coral Conservation Center, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center, Florida Youth Conservation Center, and Fish Hatchery.

Manatees have sought refuge in the warm water discharge canal of Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station since the early 1970s, particularly when Tampa Bay’s water temperature is 68 degrees or colder. The center not only offers manatee sightings but also features cownose rays in a touch tank, a nature trail, butterfly garden, manatee movie, 900-foot tidal walk, and a 50-foot observation tower.

The Manatee Viewing Center, located at 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, operates daily from Nov. 1 to April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The facility also closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended due to extensive walking, and the boardwalks are ADA-compliant. Only trained service animals are allowed.

In the 2023-2024 season, the center was recognized as the No. 2 free attraction in the United States by USA Today’s 2023 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. With over 450,000 visitors last year and a cumulative seven million since its opening in December 1986, the Manatee Viewing Center remains a popular destination. Admission and parking are free, making it an ideal outdoor experience for families and friends. For more details, visit www.TampaElectric.com/Manatee or call 813-228-4289.


*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Dan’s Florida Condos nestled within the acclaimed Runaway Bay Condominium community are excited to announce the 2024 Social events! Here, owners and guests indulge in a host of premier amenities unique to Anna Maria Island, FL. This includes the island’s grandest heated saltwater pool, inviting pickleball and tennis courts, and a picturesque fishing pier, among other treasures. Plus, the community clubhouse plays host to a diverse array of vibrant social gatherings.

From January through March, our dedicated Social Committee, comprised of passionate volunteers, orchestrates an array of enriching social events, designed to elevate our guests’ winter vacation experience. These gatherings warmly embrace ALL RENTERS, GUESTS, AND OWNERS.

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

These events not only foster connections amongst our cherished guests but also rekindle acquaintances from seasons past. Additionally, they offer a wonderful opportunity for guests to meet and mingle with owners who relish the sun-drenched winter months in Florida.

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

All events held at Runaway Bay Clubhouse, unless otherwise announced.  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

No-host “BYOB” happy hour at the pool  (Jan 18th, Feb 15th, March 28th) 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM 
Bring your own snacks and drinks.
Please remember NO glass containers for snacks or drinks.
Inclement Weather? We will be in the clubhouse!  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Bratwurst Feed (Jan 29th, March 25th) Time: Dusk/Sunset    

 

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Pancake Breakfast (Jan 8th, Feb 5th, March 4th) Time: 8am – 9:30am  

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Bingo Games Night (Jan 11th, Jan 24th, Feb 7th, Feb 21st, Feb 28th, March 6th, March 20th)
Games begin at 7pm – 8:30pm
Only adults 18-years and older are allowed to participate in this event.    

Ruanway Bay Social Events for 2024 Announced

Chicken Sandwich / Hot Dog Lunch (Jan 15, Feb 12, March 11)
Time: Noon – 1pm   Watch for notifications posted on signs and bulletin boards for other special events & luncheons.

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

Hurricane Idalia – Anna Maria Island – Ready and Resilient!

Hurricane Idalia – Anna Maria Island – Ready and Resilient!

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who reached out to us at Dan’s Florida Condos this past week. We know many of you with upcoming travel to Anna Maria Island, Florida have been anxious due to the ominous social media posts circulating. In short, while our Complex, Runaway Bay Condominiums did not suffer any storm related damages or flooding, some homes and businesses on the island had up to 4 feet of water in our neighboring communities, especially in the Cortez Village area.

We dodged a bullet and count our blessings that our slice of paradise was preserved. Our hearts and thoughts go out to our neighbors in the northern panhandle of Florida, of which incurred the most significant impact from Hurricane Idalia.

Here’s a concise recap of recent events:

Mandatory Evacuation: On Tuesday, August 29, we faced a mandatory evacuation order for Anna Maria Island.

The Storm: Fortunately, the storm changed course, veering north from its initial path. While the island did experience the outer bands of the storm, including rain, mild winds, and some storm surge, the evacuation was swiftly lifted on Wednesday, August 30, at 5 pm.

Hurricane Idalia - Anna Maria Island - Ready and Resilient!

Impact: Some localized flooding did occur, primarily in areas near the bay and beaches. However, our vacation rental units at Dan’s Florida Condos remained unharmed, thanks to their elevated positions. While there was some debris in the pools and yards, rest assured that we sustained absolutely no damage. The island’s flooding has also subsided.

Clean-Up: We are immensely proud of our dedicated teams who wasted no time in preparing our homes for the next guests. Cleaning crews are hard at work resetting outdoor furniture, while our landscaping experts are diligently clearing yards of debris and branches. Pool maintenance is in progress, ensuring our most popular heated salt water pool pristine for Labor Day weekend. Clean-up efforts are also underway on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.

Utilities: Thankfully, we did not experience any power outages in our homes. Most of the island maintained power throughout the entire storm.

Hurricane Idalia - Anna Maria Island - Ready and Resilient!

Restaurants & Local Businesses: In a testament to the island’s resilience, shops and eateries quickly reopened on Thursday, with more scheduled to resume operations on Friday. Hurricane Hanks, known for their small bar bites and craft beer selection were ready for Idalia with their growingly famous storm shutters!

Hurricane Idalia - Anna Maria Island - Ready and Resilient!

Businesses opening on Friday include Tide Tables, Ginny n Jane E’s, Breakfast at Victoria’s, White Egret Stores, AMI Paddleboard, and Rod n Reel Pier.

Piers: The Anna Maria City Pier is open for both fishing and restaurant dining, while Rod n Reel Pier is set to reopen on Friday. Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar on Bradenton Bridge Street Pier is already open.

Beaches: Our pristine beaches are looking fantastic! While the western Gulf beaches may be a bit rough in the aftermath of the hurricane, it’s an excellent opportunity to collect shark’s teeth and shells, as many have washed ashore.

In conclusion, Anna Maria Island has weathered the storm and is open, vibrant, and ready to welcome you back to paradise.


Looking for a spontaneous getaway? Look no further! Dan’s Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island, Florida have got you covered with incredible benefits for your last-minute vacation. The condos are located within the Runaway Bay Condominium Community, just steps from the beach, so you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand. In the evening, gather a blanket or circle of chairs with friends and family to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Idalia - Anna Maria Island - Ready and Resilient!
Hurricane Idalia - Anna Maria Island - Ready and Resilient!

4th of July on Anna Maria Island

4th of July on Anna Maria Island

Enjoy the 4th of July in Style at Dans Florida Condos on Anna Maria Island

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, and what better place to do it than on Anna Maria Island, Florida? Dans Florida Condos is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

The condos are located just steps from the beach, so you can spend your days swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand. In the evening, gather a blanket or circle of chairs with friends and family to watch the fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico.

4th of July on Anna Maria Island

In addition to the beautiful beach, Dans Florida Condos also offers a variety of amenities to keep you entertained, including:

  • A large saltwater pool
  • A tennis and pickleball courts
  • A bocce ball court
  • A recreation room
  • A sauna
  • An exercise room
  • A fishing pier

And if you’re looking to explore the island, Dans Florida Condos is also conveniently located near a variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions.

Here are some ideas for how you can enjoy your 4th of July at Dans Florida Condos:

  • Spend the day at the beach. Anna Maria Island is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, or build a sandcastle.
  • Go fishing. Dans Florida Condos is located right on the water, so you can easily go fishing off the pier. Or, take a boat out to deeper waters and try your luck at catching a larger fish.
  • Hike or bike the island. Anna Maria Island is a great place to get some exercise. There are several hiking and biking trails that wind through the island’s natural beauty.
  • Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. Learn about the history of Anna Maria Island at this small museum.
  • Take a day trip to nearby attractions. There are several popular attractions located near Anna Maria Island, including Busch Gardens, Disney World, and Universal Studios.

No matter how you choose to spend your 4th of July, Dans Florida Condos is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the holiday. Book your stay today!

4th of July on Anna Maria Island

Here are some additional tips for enjoying your 4th of July at Dans Florida Condos:

  • Book your stay early, especially if you’re traveling during the holiday weekend.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. The Florida sun can be strong, so it’s important to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. You can save money by bringing your own food and drinks to the condo.
  • Bring beach towels and chairs. You’ll want to be comfortable while you’re lounging on the beach.
  • Download a map of Anna Maria Island. This will help you get around and find the best places to visit.
  • Have fun and relax! The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Soak up the sun, enjoy the fireworks, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: http://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.

A close call on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

A close call on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, leading to the enchanting Anna Maria Island in Florida, is a true marvel that blends natural beauty with engineering brilliance. As many travelers traverse this breathtaking structure on their way to their vacation accommodations at Dans Florida Condos, they are treated to panoramic vistas of the sparkling waters below and the endless expanse of the sky above.

The bridge stands tall and proud, gracefully spanning the azure waters of the Tampa Bay which border the north end of Anna Maria Island, FL. Its sleek design and immaculate white color perfectly complement the surrounding landscape, creating an awe-inspiring sight for all who witness it. The gentle sea breeze caresses your face as you make your way across, and the serenity of the setting is simply unparalleled.

A close call on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

However, even in the most picturesque of places, unexpected events can occur. In mid-June of 2023, an unfortunate accident took place on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, causing a momentary disruption in its tranquility. A large truck found itself in a precarious position, partially hanging over the edge of the bridge. The incident garnered attention and concern from passersby and local authorities alike.

Efficient emergency response teams swiftly arrived at the scene, ensuring the safety of the driver, and securing the area. Their professionalism and expertise were commendable, preventing further escalation and ensuring minimal disruption to the flow of traffic. The incident served as a reminder of the importance of vigilance and caution while navigating these majestic roadways.

As the authorities worked diligently to rectify the situation, the resiliency and strength of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge shone through. Its sturdy structure stood firm, confidently weathering the unexpected turn of events. Soon enough, the truck was safely removed, and the bridge resumed its role as a gateway to the island, welcoming visitors with its unmatched allure.

Despite the temporary setback, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge continues to captivate all who venture across it. Its timeless beauty and the indomitable spirit it embodies are a testament to human ingenuity and the ability to overcome adversity. As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden hue upon the waters, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge stands as a symbol of strength, grace, and the enduring allure of Anna Maria Island.


To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*Please note – Dan’s Florida Condos posts blogs of local
establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit
of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not
receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from
these posts. These recommendations are either experienced
firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the
Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of
the best” that the Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas
have to offer.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared
without the written consent of Dan’s Florida Condos.

Runaway Bay Pool – Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

Runaway Bay Pool – Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

Dan’s Florida Condos (located within Runaway Bay Condominiums, on the sunny shores of Anna Maria Island, Florida) boasts the largest salt water pool on the island.  The pool is considered one of the best amenities of our community, and is a central hub for much of the family fun and socializing.  It has the added benefit of being heated, which allows comfortable enjoyment year-round.

Over the last years, and specifically the last 6 months, Runaway Bay has made considerable upgrades to the pool.  This started with all new loungers and chairs deployed around the deck of the pool area.  Last year all the pavers were replaced with upgraded and non-slip materials.  This spring of 2023, the pool had a major overall including reseal of the pool interior and a complete overhaul of the back flow and new filter platform and pumps.  As summarized by one of our owners, “The pool is now as good as new”.

Two dozen of our loungers are currently in a “re-slinging” project which will also refresh them to new.  Once this project is completed, we will have access to almost 40 additional loungers’ poolside for family and guests to gather, relax, and soak up the Florida sun.

Runaway Bay Pool - Upgraded and Grand Re-Opening!

This all could not have been done with the support of the Runaway Bay Board of Directors, Operations team, and volunteers which are made up of both our onsite and remote owners throughout the globe.  What a monumental transformation!

When you are ready to return to Anna Maria Island to enjoy your next family vacation getaway, we will be ready to welcome you at any one of  Dans Florida Condos one or two-bedroom units.  Please visit our Rates and Availabilty section of our website when you are ready to come on down for a swim!

We’ll see you at the pool!

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC’s Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC’s Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Recently the production crew from NBC’s The Today Show, featuring Hoda and Jenna visited Anna Maria Island, Florida. They featured a story about Ashley and Dino, a couple from California who visited the island for a family vacation back in 2020. They found a simpler way of life on Anna Maria Island, consisting of no high-rise hotels, chain resturants, and fell in love with the turquoise waters. So much so, that hey decided to relocate their family of 4 as full time residents just a year later!

Ashley and Dino have a background in interior design and home remodeling. To help fund their relocation, they purchased a 4 bedroom hotel which desperately needed some TLC. Over the next year, they put in hard word and sweat to bring out the charm of their little island paradise and celebrated their grand opening in October of 2021.

Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC's Today Show with Hoda and Jenna

Dan’s Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com) owner Dan O’Connor (wow that was a lot of Dans in a short sentence) has a story that mirrors that of Ashley and Dino. After visiting the island over a decade ago, Dan knew there was something special about Anna Maria Island. “I find joy in sharing our slice of paradise on Anna Maria Island with others, and find a special satisfaction helping other family’s create lifelong vacation memories”.

You can find more information about Ashely and Dino at www.hodaandjenna.com. Feel free to reach out to Dan’s Florida Condos if you would like to more information or would like to experience Anna Maria Island for yourself.


Anna Maria Island Featured on NBC's Today Show with Hoda and Jenna
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5th Annual #BookDirect Day

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

Today we are celebrating the 5th annual #BookDirect day.

The #BookDirect initiative was first organized to educate guests about the advantages of bypassing third-party channels to book directly with management companies and homeowners. Today is the 5th anniversary of this movement, which falls on a quite unique date sequence of 2/2/22!  How fun!

Not only are vacation rental owners facing the same issues regarding the often-high commissions set by listing sites, but also guests themselves frequently end up paying more for the same stay.

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

For the past ten years I have used VRBO/HomeAway as my advertising venue for the rental of Dans Florida Condos (www.dansfloridacondos.com). I have two lovely 2br and 1br units located on Anna Maria Island (Central Gulf Coast, in Bradenton Beach, FL). Both units are located in Runaway Bay Condominium community, which offers guests top notch amenities and a friendly environment.   It’s such a treat having direct beach access right across the street from our home away from home! A few years ago, VRBO/Homeaway was purchased by Expedia and immediately began changing their business profile.

The first thing was to add a “Service Fee” of 7-13% to our rates all of which was passed on to you the renter. At the same time, we could see no benefit to you in return for paying that fee.  We feel as that extra money could be used to purchase a margarita while resting your feet in one of the many beach side bars of Anna Maria Island, FL.

VRBO/Homeaway began acting like any other rental Property Management Company and has continually harassed us to accept their “BIN” (Book It Now) feature, whereby they control the entire transaction, communication, etc. removing the “personal touch” of booking directly through an owner.

Additionally, they removed the option to contact us directly (phone/personal email) in order to address any questions about the unit or the Island and accommodation. Thus VRBO/HomeAway is no longer an advertising or networking venue, rather a booking site which only priority is to drive the profits for shareholders.

5th Annual #BookDirect Day

I am excited to participate in the #BookDirect movement by continuing to offer a “booking fee free” website at www.dansfloridacondos.com. Check out Dans Florida Condos to take advantage of a Booking fee free experience. You’ll also find additional information on Anna Maria Island, FL, Runaway Bay Condominium community, along with pictures, guest testimonials, and an updated Blog of events happening on Anna Maria Island and Dans Florida Condos.

Did you know, that the average traveler spends $237 to big box booking sites like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb!!!  They could be using that on a golf cart rental, fishing trip, or several rounds of drinks!

Six ways to Save $ By #BookDirect:

  1. Try and #BookDirect with the owner or property manager. If you want to book one of our properties, please visit our website, call/text 773-598-9717, or email me at dan@dansfloridacondos.com.
  2. Search on Facebook for the name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page. From there you can contact the owner/manager and #BookDirect. You can like my page by doing a quick Facebook Search “Dans Florida Condos” or visiting facebook.com/dansfloridacondos
  3. Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the big box listing sites. Identify your top choices, noting the property’s name and location. Use your search engine (i.e. Google) to search for the property name and city and possibly the owner’s name to find their #BookDirect website.
  4. Check for traveler reviews on the major websites (google business page for example). If there are a decent number of good reviews for a listing (say 10+), and the listing has been posted for at least a few months and had confirmed bookings (this information is usually included on the site), chances are it’s a safe bet. If the owner were in the habit of doing things like unjustifiably canceling reservations or wrongfully withholding security deposits, the listing would have been pulled or you would see this mentioned in reviews. (It’s important to note that the big listing sites will not remove negative reviews at the request of the owner/manager unless they violate the company’s guidelines.
  5. Consider purchasing trip insurance from a third-party; the coverage will likely be broader — and may cost considerably less — than that “covered” by a listing site fee.
  6. Explore alternative payment methods. The owner may be able to provide adequate information so you can use checks, bank transfers, or other methods with confidence and save an additional 3%.

If you have any questions about the changing Rental By Owner market or #BookDirect, you are welcome to reach out at any time. Please also take the time to “Like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dansfloridacondos.

Here’s to starting a new #BookDirect adventure together, declaring independence from greedy profit hungry Big Box listing sites, and returning to a more personal Vacation Rental By Owner experience for us all. #BookDirect

 

Check out this interesting roundtable by #BookDirect enthusiasts!

To read more articles highlighting Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL and Dans Florida Condos please visit the “Our Blog” section of our booking-free website: https://www.dansfloridacondos.com/blog/

*Please note – Dans Florida Condos posts blogs of local establishments and events periodically, for the intended benefit of our guests and visitors of Anna Maria Island. We do not receive advertisement commissions or other compensation from these posts. These recommendations are either experienced firsthand by us, or via reputable friends and partners on the Island. This ensures we are informing our guests of the “best of the best” that the Anna Maria Island and Runaway Bay Condominium community and the surrounding areas have to offer.


*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Dans Florida Condos.